Posts tagged “indies

Zoya Arizona and Lumina Lacquer Pinball Wizard

Quick post again!  Today I paired up two of my untried polishes- Zoya Arizona and Lumina Lacquer Pinball Wizard!

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Zoya Arizona is a bright orange cream polish with a glossy finish.  This was part of last year’s summer collection, Beach and Surf (in the Beach portion).  I *adore* the Beach and Surf collections- I think I own a majority of them now with a few exceptions.  Arizona went on well- this is 2 coats with no topcoat (look at that shine without topcoat!).  I did have a few slightly bald areas after 2 coats, but I was rushing my paint job a little bit.  I noticed that the dry time even with no topcoat was pretty fast too- it was relatively touch-dry after taking photos.

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Next I added Lumina Lacquer’s Pinball Wizard on top.  This is a glitter polish in a clear base that is chock FULL of matte glitters in every shape, size and color you can imagine.   I used 1 coat on top of Arizona with topcoat.

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As I tend to do with most glitter bombs, I used the dabbing method to place a lot of the glitters.  I didn’t have to do any fishing for these large shapes and sizes- they came right up with no effort along with all the other glitters!

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You can buy Zoya nail polish at ULTA stores as well as their website for $8 a bottle, and you can find Lumina Lacquer at their website for $10 a bottle.   You can follow Zoya and Lumina Lacquer on Facebook for more news and updates!


Too Cute-icle: Swatches and Review!

Woo look at me, 3 days in a row!  Maybe I’m finally back in my groove?

Tonight I have some fun polishes to show off from a new indie line launching this weekend!  My sweet friend Jess of the blog Too Cute-icle is venturing into the land of polish making.  I was sent Frosty the Penguin and Pretty Pretty Princess to review, and they’re both so pretty!

First up is Frosty the Penguin!

Too Cute-icle Frosty the PenguinThis pretty glitter topcoat was named for an adorable mani Jess did with this polish- originally called Frostbite- that featured a cute penguin!  This is a fun mixture of iridescent, blue and white glitters.  Perfect for winter!

Too Cute-icle Frosty the PenguinFor these first 2 photos, I layered 1 coat of Frosty the Penguin over 3 coats of OPI’s My Boyfriend Scales Walls.  I opted to use a bit of dabbing to get the glitter exactly where I wanted it, but it went on fairly smoothly and evenly without it

Too Cute-icle Frosty the PenguinIn this photo, I layered 1 coat of Frosty the Penguin over 2 coats of Girly Bits Arctic Sunrise.  What a gorgeous combo!  I’ll have pictures of Arctic Sunrise this weekend (though I’ve featured it briefly here).

The second polish I got to try out was Pretty Pretty Princess!

Too Cute-icle Pretty Pretty PrincessPretty Pretty Princess is a girly glitter mix of various shades of pinks, purples, and blues.  It’s super sparkly and pretty!

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In the first 2 photos, I layered 1 coat of Pretty Pretty Princess over 2 coats of Sinful Colors Flutter.   I did a bit of dabbing to ensure things were photo ready, but for the most part the glitter went on nice and evenly!

Too Cute-icle Pretty Pretty PrincessThis is 2 coats of Pretty Pretty Princess over Sinful Colors Flutter.  Almost full coverage!  My nails were SUPER sparkly, I love it!

Too Cute-icle is opening shop on December 2nd.  You’ll be able to find these polishes and others at her Etsy store!  You can also follow her on Facebook, as well as her blog.  Be sure to keep an eye out!

*These polishes were sent to me for review.  All opinions are my own* 

 

 


LynBDesigns: Jarvis and Five Orange Pips

I have 2 beautiful colors from LynBDesigns to show off today- Jarvis and Five Orange Pips!

Pretty neat bottles, right?

LynBDesigns has a TON of colors to choose from on her etsy site– there’s 95 polish listings!  She also has a lot of other fun things to check out.

So first up: Jarvis!

Jarvis is part of LynBDesigns’ Gender-Benders collection- 14 colors that all share men’s names.  From etsy:  ‘It’s hot pink, it’s color shifting; what’s not to love? Jarvis has a sheer hot pink base and is loaded with color shifting awesomeness. It changes from pink to blue to purple, and on occasion even a little orange.’

You all know I love pink, especially the bright variety- so I was sold!

This is 4 coats of Jarvis alone.  3 would have been sufficient, but without a base coat I had a tiny bit of VNL.

This color is SO gorgeous!  There’s a beautiful light color shift and the application is great.  Even with 4 coats, the polish wasn’t too thick and was very wearable.

This is 2 coats of Jarvis over Cult Nails Nevermore (my go-to black).  WOW!  Look at how pretty!  I love a color-shifting topcoat that can be worn on its own- it makes it very versatile!

The second polish I have to show off from LynBDesigns is Five Orange Pips!

Five Orange Pips is from the Baker Street Collection, which is inspired by Sherlock Holmes.  The description from the store sums up this color perfectly: ‘It’s a collection of orange glitters in a sheer orange base. It has orange holographic glitter, orange hearts, fine orange matte, and glitter that look black in some light, orange in others.’

Even though it’s not part of LynBDesigns’ Halloween collection, this color is absolutely perfect for a holiday look.

This is 2 coats of Five Orange Pips over Sally Hansen’s Ivory Skull (one of the new Fall Complete Manicure colors; a plain white).

This was an easy color to work with- the only hard part was (as expected) the cute orange hearts- but they didn’t require too much effort to get them to come out and play!  The white in these photos really shows off the orange jelly of Five Orange Pips.

This is my favorite combo- 2 coats of Five Orange Pips over Cult Nails Nevermore.  Does this scream Halloween or what?!

I really, really loved these 2 polishes.  Both were super easy to work with and covered nicely- and most importantly, they both looked so very beautiful!  I play on getting a lot of use out of Five Orange Pips this fall!

LynBDesigns is currently offering a Buy Two, Get One Free sale (as of 9/19)!  Just write a note requesting which color you would like as your free choice.

These polishes and more can be found on LynBDesign’s Etsy store for $8.50 each and unless my eyes deceive me- shipping is free!  Which makes these a great deal for some beautiful indie polishes 🙂

Be sure to check out LynBDesign’s Facebook page for new colors and updates.  She has a pretty Nightmare Before Christmas-inspired Halloween collection just released!

*The polishes featured in this post were sent to me for review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.*


365 Days of Color Hocus Pocus Collection: Black Flame Candle and I Smell… Children!

Hi all!  I hope everyone is having a great weekend!

Today I have some gorgeousssss Halloween colors to show you- 365 Days of Color’s Black Flame Candle and I Smell… Children! from the Hocus Pocus Collection!

Hocus Pocus is my very favorite Halloween movie, so when Sunny said she was going to be creating her Halloween shades based on themes from the movie, I couldn’t wait to see what she came up with!  The collection consists of 5 colors:  I Smell… Children!, Black Flame Candle, Come Little Children, Boouk!, and I Put A Spell On You.

First up, we have Black Flame Candle!

In the movie, the Sanderson sisters (seen above) are hanged in Salem during the late 1600s.  Before their death, Winnie (Bette Midler) casts a spell allowing them to come back to life if a virgin lights the black flame candle on Halloween.   Fast forward 300 years… and Max, who recently moved to Salem, lights the candle to impress a girl.  ‘Come on, it’s just a bunch of hocus pocus!’

Like it’s namesake, Black Flame Candle is well… black!  This is a gorgeous black polish with silver shimmer throughout.

The consistency is on the thinner and more jelly-like side, and it builds beautifully.  These photos are 3 coats on their own, with Poshe topcoat.

While writing out this post, I thought that Black Flame Candle may work well for a jelly sandwich, so I quickly tried one out.  It works great!

This is 3 coats of Black Flame Candle and 2 coats of a franken of mine (it’s a white glitter mix), alternated.  Very pretty!

Next, I have I Smell… Children!

This color is inspired by Mary (played by Kathy Najimy), who can ‘smell’ children- this helps her sister Sarah lure them in with her hypnotic singing, in order to steal their life essence to keep them young.

I Smell… Children!  is a beautiful black base filled with purple glitter and shimmer.

This is 3 coats of I Smell… Children! on it’s own, with Poshe topcoat.  While this is gorgeous indoors- outside in the sun, it’s even prettier!

Application on both was wonderful.  These polishes are on this thinner side, but that was a very good thing- it allowed me to build them up to full opacity without having a giant polish bubble on my nail!  Even my jelly sandwich with 6 coats wasn’t too thick, which I loved!

I’d also like to take just a second to RAVE about 365 Days of Color’s Miracle Balms and Cuticle Oils.

I’ve purchased 7 Miracle Balms, and 3 Cuticle Oils (not all at once, but over the past few months).  These are all amazing!  If you stop into the store to buy anything, be SURE to check these out!  Sunny has 5 million scents (ok, not really, but I would bet she has around 100), and they are wonderful!  The balm goes on nicely and absorbs quickly, and the new oils are really awesome- I love being able to roll the oil right over my fingers!  Every scent I own is amazing- my very favorites so far are Lilac & Lilies, Candy Corn, and Orange Sorbet!

The photos are all *sample sizes*, if you can believe that!  You can get a full size of a single scent- $4 for a 10mL oil, or $3 for a .5 oz balm; or you can get sampler trios (pick 3 scents)- Oils are in 5mL containers for $6, and the balms are in .25 oz containers for $5.

The Hocus Pocus collection is going to be released on September 21, at 365 Days of Color’s Big Cartel store.  You can follow 365 Days of Color on Facebook, as well as Sunny’s blog!  Right now the store is in maintenance mode, but it will open on the 21st when this collection is available!

*The polishes in this post were sent to me for review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own*


Darling Diva Polish, Take 2

Hello again all!  Tonight I have the second part of my Darling Diva polish review- and it’s my very favorite!  I have Dangerous Driver and Ringer to show off!

These two are both GORGEOUS.  For those unfamiliar with Ringer- it’s a dupe of Max Factor Fantasy Fire, which is dupe (ish) of Clarins 230, better known as ‘Unicorn Pee’.  Dangerous Driver is a holographic version of Ringer- which just makes it more fabulous in my opinion!

Enough talking- on to the pictures!

This is 3 coats of Dangerous Driver, outside on a sunny day.

The color shift of Ringer isn’t quite as visible in Dangerous Driver because of the spectacular holographic effect.  But this polish is jaw-droppingly gorgeous.  I think these photos look pretty good, but they still do no justice to this polish.

A comparison shot- I took both inside my bedroom; one was in front of the opened window, and the other was under a lamp.

Next up: Darling Diva Polish Ringer!

Ringer is a beautiful polish.  It is almost a dead-on duplicate to Max Factor’s Fantasy Fire, but just a tad more sheer and lighter if you’re not layering it.  This photo was taken with 4 coats, and you can still see a bit of VNL.  But none of these colors are really at their best without a polish underneath!

Sadly, I had already traded away my Fantasy Fire before I took these photos.  I did a swatch comparison, so I can say that they are almost identical (but now can’t find that swatch wheel!).   However, the reason I traded off Fantasy Fire… was because I finally got my hands on a bottle of Clarins 230 itself!

Ready for some comparison photos??  Here we go!

The first comparison shot is both colors with no underwear.  This is the biggest area that Clarins will differ from it’s competitors.  Clarins 230 is a completely different base color, and it honestly just seems a bit more ‘deep’ than the others.  But that is really something that almost no one will notice.  Swatched over black, however…

Over black there’s almost no serious visible difference between Clarins 230, Ringer, or Fantasy Fire.  Clarins is a bit more ‘vibrant’, but its a subtle difference.  Over black, Dangerous Driver’s beautiful color shift is clearly on display along with the beautiful holo effect.

*Sigh*  So many sparkles in one photo!  These 2 above photos were taken indoors next to an open window to still get the sparkle, but allow the color shift to shine through more (the full sun makes Dangerous Driver sparkle like crazy- as you can see below!)

And to round off the comparisons, I took photos of Dangerous Driver and Ringer outside in the full sunlight.

You can find Darling Diva Polish on Facebook, and you can buy her beautiful colors at her Etsy shop.   All of her colors are $8.00 with the exception of holo colors, like Dangerous Driver, which are $12.00.  And she ships internationally for a reasonable rate!

Be sure to check her out!  I really feel like Dangerous Driver is a must have- and Ringer is for sure if you haven’t found Fantasy Fire (though you’ll want it if you’re like me and just love having similar colors!).

*Some of the products shown in this post were provided to me without cost for an honest review*


(Just Another) Mani Monday: Glitter Gradient with Rainbow Honey’s 20% Cooler

I just have a quick look for you all today- Gradient Glitter!

I’m almost embarassed to say I haven’t had a good chance to use any of my Equestria polishes from Rainbow Honey yet.  I pre-ordered the full collection, but with SO many polishes and posts, I haven’t had a chance!  After watching a few hours of My Little Pony with my daughter this weekend though, I decided that had to change.

The subject of my manicure today?

Rainbow Dash!

Rainbow Dash is the inspiration behind Rainbow Honey’s 20% Cooler.   If you’ve ever watched the new version of My Little Pony (Friendship is Magic), you’ll understand why.  If not, I’ll provide a video!

Although not my favorite pony (that’s a tie between Pinkie Pie and Fluttershy), I do love Rainbow Dash.   My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic is available for streaming on Netflix.  If you’re bored and want to watch something light and entertaining, give it a try!  It’s one of the few I enjoy watching with my daughter.

Anyways- back to the polish!

For this mani, I used 365 Days of Color’s Bora Bora for the base, and Rainbow Honey’s 20% Cooler for the glitter.  Bora Bora was the closest blue to Rainbow Dash’s body color that I could find in my stash!

The idea behind a glitter gradient is very simple.  I put on 2 coats of Bora Bora and covered with a fast drying topcoat.
Once it was dry, I did a fairly thin coat of glitter over the entire nail.  Once THAT was dry-ish, I added a second coat- starting 1/2 way down and extending to the tip.  I let that dry a little, and then dabbed a thick coat on the very tip of the nail.  I gave it a few minutes and then smoothed it out backwards towards the cuticle a little to prevent it from having a giant polish bubble on the tips.

When I showed my husband, his comment was ‘Uh hon, I think you missed some spots’.  So this look isn’t for everyone- and I do think it’s one that looks a bit better on longer nails.

Still fun though!  And I think these 2 colors look PERFECT together!

I’ve heard some reports of people having issues with their Rainbow Honey polishes consistencies.  Mine were (are) absolutely perfect and easy to work with.

Be on the lookout soon for more of Rainbow Honey’s Equestria Collection- I have GOT to show off those beautiful glitter bombs!

You can follow Rainbow Honey on Facebook here, and 365 Days of Color on Facebook here.


Weekend Nails: 365 Days of Color and Sonnetarium

Just a quick post- I thought my nails this weekend were really pretty, and I got a few compliments on them, so I decided to share!
This is 2 coats of 365 Days of Color‘s Bora Bora, topped with 1 coat of Sonnetarium’s Snowfall!

Be sure to check both out!  I took these pictures after a full day of wear- doing housework and dishes, no less!    Most of my mani’s won’t hold up after dishes!

Also- I’ve started using Duri Cosmetics Rejuvacote Nail Growth System this week- and I’ve already noticed a visible difference in nail thickness (I can flat out see sections that are now thicker), and I would *swear* a few nails are growing faster.  I hope to do a positive review for ya’ll in a month- but so far so good!

 

 


365 Days of Color: Toxic Love Preview

Hello All! I had great intentions for this post to appear this weekend- but I pretty much just relaxed and accomplished a whole lot of nothing instead. I swatched and took photos for 3 different posts on Friday- so really laziness was truly the only excuse!

I’ll be posting the normal Mani Monday later today, but first I wanted to be sure to get this preview post in asap. I’m going to be showing off 2 colors from 365 Days of Color’s new collection, Toxic Love: Deadly Attraction and Dangerously Beautiful!

365 Days of Color is an indie polish brand created by the awesome Sunny.  You can find her website here: http://www.365daysofcolorpolishes.bigcartel.com/.  She’ll be re-opening her shop on Monday, July 16 at 8am PST (11am EST and 10am CST)- including these new colors!

As a disclaimer: I was sent these polishes as a gift.  They were a thank you from Sunny- I helped her brainstorm those fancy new labels she designed, aren’t they great?  They weren’t intentionally sent for a review or preview, but of course I’m going to do it anyways. 🙂

First up is Deadly Attraction!

This polish is a neon yellow filled to the brim with black shard glitter.  If you’re a shard lover like myself, you’ll quickly love 365 Days of Color- Sunny uses shards in a number of her polishes, 2 of which I’ve swatched in the past here.

Application was alright.  I had a bit of thickness issues with both colors.  I was ready to contact Sunny to let her know- but in the meantime I used 3 other colors (I told ya’ll, I have swatches ready for a few posts) and every single color had similar thickness issues.  And it wasn’t initially- it was after I opened them and did maybe 1 coat on my nails.  My Zoya Lara tonight also had issues with thickness.

I think my bedroom is bizzare and making my polishes thicker.  Maybe our air is dry?  Go figure, maybe one of ya’ll may know something that could cause that. Or maybe all the ones I used are just running on the thicker side.

Point is, I can’t say for sure that it’s the polishes running thick.  Even thick, they went on well.

Both colors are on the sheerer side (they’re jellys- or maybe crellies?), so all photos show 3 coats.  You could also layer 1 coat over underwear, but you won’t get quite as much of a ‘sandwich’ effect.

I don’t think I mentioned that with this restock, Sunny is rolling out her new bottles and labels (which these bottles are).  I love the new bottle shape!  It’s fairly unique, and it actually stores really well and fit REALLY nicely in my hand for swatches.  Here’s a side shot to show how thin it is:

There’s a slight flatness to the front and back, so if you were to have multiples of these bottles, they line up perfectly next to each other.  If all my bottles were this shape it would certainly help with space issues!

Next up is Dangerously Beautiful:

Dangerously Beautiful is a neon pink with a sparse amount of blue and black matte glitter.    The pink is definitely neon, but it’s very subdued and not blindingly bright.

I’ll be completely honest- before I put this on, I didn’t think I would like it.  With glitter I tend to go with the ‘more is better’ mantra, and I knew this would be a very light glitter.  I also wasn’t sure if I would like the color combos.

However- I actually think this is my favorite of the bunch!  It looked really, really super beautiful on, and I hated to have to take it off.  The blue and black glitter looked lovely with the pink, and the glitter in lower layers appeared purple because they were underneath the thin pink layer.

As I said before, this is 3 coats- however unlike Deadly Attraction, this one has no topcoat.  I was in a hurry to take the picture 🙂

These 2 colors along with the other colors in the Toxic Love collection- Chemical Romance (purple with black shards, black/white glitter) and Killer Kiss (coral orange with white shards, bars, and multi sizes of hex glitter) will be available today at 8am PST at  365’s Bigcartel site.   You can follow 365 Days of Color on Facebook to keep up to date on restocks and new colors by liking the page here!

At the excellent request of a follower, I’m now linked up on Bloglovin’ (or I think I am).  You can follow me here now if you would prefer that.  I’ve added a widgit to the sidebar as well.

See you in a little bit for Mani-Monday!  It’s going to be  ‘monster-ful’ fun today!


Try It On Tuesday: Whimsical Ideas By Pam Seuss

Time for another Try It On Tuesday!

So this is just going to BARELY make it in time for Tuesday, but I’m happy I was able to get it done!  Not to get into too many personal details, but my mother in law had major surgery today so most of the day was spent at the hospital.  Everything went well though!

I had trouble deciding what polish to feature tomorrow, so I picked the one I had never worn before to feature today.

Whimsical Ideas by Pam can be found here on Facebook.  To order any polishes from her, you send her an email with what you would like and she invoices you when she reaches your order.   I believe mine took me 2 weeks to arrive from the time I sent in my email- not really a terrible turn around.

Seuss is a polish I had wanted very badly from Pam, so this was 1 of the 2 I bought from her.  Though it’s not intentionally patriotic, it is still a good pick for a mani on any American holiday!

Here’s Seuss, 2 coats:

This is on my right hand- aka my dominant hand.  My nails aren’t as well cared for over on this side, my fingers are thicker and my nails are shorter.  Big thanks to my hubby for taking these pictures- I couldn’t get out the tripod and I have issues taking pictures of this hand.

I did have some issues with this polish.  The glitter didn’t like to cooperate… so I had to do a bit of dabbing.  If I didn’t, all the glitter ended up bunched at the end of the nail from my brush strokes.

This was my second attempt with Seuss tonight- the first attempt was horrible.  I was trying to get too much glitter on each nail, which resulted in glooping and just a horrible mess.  The second time around, I just put on thin coats and tried to not pay attention to the location of the glitter.

Sorry for the late post!  I’m already editing photos for tomorrow’s post, so I promise that one will NOT be up 15 minutes before midnight 🙂